Adults could use booster shots too, says doctor

Adults could use booster shots too, says doctor

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - According to the Centers for Disease Control there are specific guidelines for adults to have boosters for things like mumps and measles and first time immunizations for things like shingles.

Dr. Patrick Scott Harris is an infectious disease specialist. "For adults born in this country in 1956 or before, we actually assume all those people are immune to measles and they don't require vaccination at all because measles was so widespread at that time," he said.

He says the same thing goes for the mumps. "But for adults born here in 1957 or later, you do need to have two live doses of the measles vaccine sometime in your life. The biggest one that adults tend to overlook is whooping cough, or pertussis. The vaccine that we all get for whooping cough as a child tends to wear off by the time you're in your late teens or 20s," Dr. Harris advised.

He says what they really do is put young children, not old enough to get the vaccine, at risk. And once you've hit 50, you should also get a shingles vaccine, even if you've had the disease before.

Dr. Harris said should ask your doctor about Pneumonia, Hepatitis-A, Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Diphtheria.

Many people don't realize they need boosters past childhood.

The bottom line? Check with your doctor, see what immunizations you need to make certain you are up to speed.

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